Jul 8, 2019
Over the weekend I found several Warthog Speak / Vague Absolutes records that I had stashed away in my record swap box and forgotten about. They are all now up in the webstore. Out of print rares, test pressings, and a few things that I have not offered there before.
What’s gone up:
FREAK - Ritual Death 7” x 2
FUERZA BRUTA - Somos El Mal 7” (UNDER WATCHFUL EYES ed. /GRAY vinyl) x 2
FUERZA BRUTA - Somos El Mal 7” (PINK vinyl) x 2
FUERZA BRUTA - Somos El Mal 7” RP (RED vinyl) x 5
FUERZA BRUTA - Somos El Mal 7” RP (BLACK vinyl) x 2
FIT FOR ABUSE - Too Little, Too Late 7” (TEST PRESS) x 3
FIT FOR ABUSE - Psycho Ray Sessions 7” (TEST PRESS) x 3
BOUND - Lost Songs 7” (TEST PRESS) x 3
HEALER / DJ EONS presents DANK GOBLINS - split 7” (TEST PRESS) x 2
HEALER / DJ EONS presents DANK GOBLINS - split 7” x 5
ALIENATION - Bitter Reality 7” (TEST PRESS) x 1
THE POSE - Dig an Endless Grave (TEST PRESS) x 4
LION’S SHARE - s/t 7” (TEST PRESS) x 6
Get ‘em at: http://warthogspeak.bigcartel.com/products
I have also added a discount code for ALMOST everything else on the site, so enter the code, SUMMER69 at checkout for 20% stuff in NN category. Here http://warthogspeak.bigcartel.com/category/nn through July 31st.
As I mentioned in the past, Warthog Speak is done for the time being but on July 23rd the TOM BONAURO photo book will be out on Vague Absolutes and I will also have new Nada Nada releases for wholesale/distro later this week.
Only one post right now, but I have started a stand alone Vague Absolutes website here: http://www.vagueabsolutes.com
Mar 7, 2019
FREAK - “Ritual Death” 2015 Demo 7” (VAGUE04)
Vinyl pressing of the “Ritual Death” demo, originally released on cassette by the band back in 2015. In their all-to-brief and virtually unknown tenure, the Los Angeles area trio known simply as FREAK, managed to churn out five tyrannizing tracks of surf-dirge, destruct-o thud punkers that surrender the mind to a dusty desert cave of noisy repetitive coercion. Not dissimilar to Leather Nun’s “No Rule,” if it was born out of Charles Manson's California.
FREAK members were also involved in JUMP OFF A BUILDING, RANK/XEROX, and INDEX.
Find copies to purchase at the WARTHOG SPEAK WEBSTORE.
Apr 9, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
Jan 28, 2018
January 27th, 2018.
Link to Download: http://media.virbcdn.com/files/91/16a55c5dc2f00785-WSMixtapeVol1.zip
Welcome to the debut Warthog Speak Digital Mix Tape. My intention here is to mend the voids that segregate all planes of the sonic cosmos. A peace offering of noise, so to speak. Enjoy.
00:00 J.BRIGGS – “Day 2” ---- Opening this with a collage by yours-truly. Why not.
02:11 FLURIN GIGER – “I Think I Should Stop to Talk” ---- I know nothing about this. Distro'd a couple copies of the soundtrack to the Swiss movie, Lasst die Alten Sterben and while most of the OST is classic Swiss punk, this track opens the comp. Love what this song does to my head. It's addictive. During my forst spin of the LP I started this track over just few seconds in to absorb it all again. And again and again and again. Beautiful quick tune that reaches its goal after only one verse and one chorus. Is it new? Is it old? I wish I knew. A poppy, punked-out version of the song closes the album to contrast the sullen opener.
04:07 SKYLON – “Skylon” ---- From what I can gather, this is the only song recorded by this group, that includes a pre-LUSH/JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Philip King, Roxanne New, and OUTSIDERS/THE SOUND's Adrian Borland and his SOUND-mate Graham (Green) Bailey. From 1981. This is yet another track that hooked me immediately with it’s mood. A single for it was only just released by Captured Tracks for RSD in 2014.
07:44 RANK / XEROX – “Zero Hour” ---- R/X is a treasure of a band, not just musically, but also as people, and their exodus — along with most of their entire peer group — from the Bay Area left a void that may never be filled...as a band and as people. I was so pumped when I heard that there was a new record in 2017. Hopefully there will be more down the line.
10:14 TRISOMIE 21 – “See the Devil in Me” ---- Dark Entries recently blessed our planet with reissues of four records by this prolific wave-o / post-p powerhouse from northern France. I know little about them. Bought all of the reissues but I'm still stuck on the magical first LP, Les Reos des Enfants Heureux, from which this killer track comes calling, and have yet to venture into the rest. That is a great thing.
14:32 COMET GAIN – “Daydream Scars” ---- Granted, CG have a pretty extensive and slightly varied catalog, but when they are on, they are untouchable. To me the entirety of this album, City Fallen Leaves, is a pinnacle of the style.
17:38 AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – “Mandalay” ---- This track is a masterpiece. The sass is untouchable, the hooks undeniable, and the delivery rurally uncivilized. Feels like a bunch of mongrels that you don't know, just showed up to your party, hellbent on having a good time, whether or not they wreck your house, and there's nothing you can do about it but throw yourself headlong into the madness and smash up the sheetrock.
19:12 BOOJI BOYS – “Highest Guy (in the HRM)” ---- Dear MARKED MEN fans, time to re-focus your energy here, in Nova Scotia. Very proud of what this lot have done and all the great things they will do this year. "I want this band to play my funeral." - Iggy Pop
21:15 PUBLIC TRUST – “Everyone Smokes in East Boston” ---- The now's auditory senator of fascist-trash mutant-fashion factions a'likened to UNNATURAL AXE, THE MAD, MENTALLY ILL and the like. Ban hit it out of the park with this EP.
23:10 FOGNA – “Merda come L’oro”
FOGNA – “Insomnia” ---- Thee only moderne band that can hold a candle to the heavyweight Italian classics of the '80s. Who gives an eff about the drum machine. This shit rips.
26:58 DUM DUM BOYS – “Stalking the Streets” ---- New Zealand punk from 1981. The whole of Let there be Noise is cool.
29:21 LION’S SHARE – “Cyber Worlds” ---- St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada stepping up.
31:35 DEATH WISH KIDS – “Hood” ---- There are plenty of ‘90s hardcore and punk bands that I obsess over, but maybe only one, that I think more highly of than DEATH WISH KIDS. I have listened to this 7” thousands of times, and I will listen thousands more. There isn’t a single second of it that isn’t perfect.
32:46 U-NIX – “Vapidity” ---- Good 7".
34:02 NARCOLEPTICS – “Noxious Thoughts”
NARCOLEPTICS – “Answer” ---- The first two tracks on the third NARCS’ 7”. Their most punishing outing.
37:38 ITANSHA – (I forget which song this is) ---- Daiki made this recording all by himself and it is incredible.
38:40 ALIENATION – “Dad Body” ---- A band that checks all the boxes for me.
40:04 NOSFERATU – “Spectator” ---- Straight up these Texans are the best band in hardcore. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
40:40 GAME – “Rzad I Osiol” ---- Killer flexi from members of ARMS RACE and CAREER SUICIDE / MAD MEN.
41:54 FIT FOR ABUSE – "Obsession" ---- My favorite band of all time, then and now, and probably the only group I obsess over harder than DEATH WISH KIDS. "Obsession" catches FFA at their most "LIFE'S BLOOD." #TCHCismy1stluv
44:11 FUERZA BRUTA – "Nación Dividida" ---- One of 2017's top tunes. Verdugo is an intense record, like no other.
46:34 CHATTERBOX – "Forgotten Heroes" ---- Cool A-side of Swedish punk from 1980.
50:02 MICHAEL BEACH – "Vision of Modern Love" ---- Favorite song from one of my favorite records of the last couple years.
Jan 27, 2018
Hi, still waiting on art for the NARCOLEPTICS 3rd 7" but have the vinyl in hand. Hopefully soon.
Awaiting tests for the next three WS releases:
HEALER / DJ EONS - split 7"
ALIENATION – "Bitter Reality" 7"
BOUND - 7" (2 unreleased tracks from the 7" session and a comp track. The DL will also have a complete remix of the original 7" tracks as well)
Teaser tracks to these will be posted soon.
I guess I can now announce that I'll be doing a 7" for Chicago's FUERZA BRUTA. Their "Verdugo" record was my favorite 12" of 2017, so when I was asked last week to release the follow up to it, I was beyone stoked to say "yessss pleeeeze and thank you for thinking of me!" Two of the tracks are recorded and will be on a super limited lathe cut for FB's East Coast and European shows this spring, and a third song for it will be recorded upon return from tour. Have a listen:
Ian also recently did this interview with American Oi! about FUERZA BRUTA and his label, Foreign Legion.
I also wanted to extend a huge congrats to WS fam, PRIMAL RITE on the release of their debut LP, "Dirge of Escapism" on Rev. I've been really stoked on every step of progression of this group from YADOKAI, to SCALPED, to the earliest stages of PRIMAL RITE, through to this fully realized beheamoth of singularity*. Highest levels of pride emittded towards Max, Lucy, Jeremy, Jason, Fred, and Jake for this one. A couple interviews came out in the last few days that are worth your time as well.
And finally, I will be posting a "digital mix tape" here some time in the next couple days, in lieu of trying to do a "podcast," or "radio show," and it's hopefully something I plan to do on the regular.
Oh yeah, how could I forget that I was finally able to pry copies of the STRESSORS "Skin Trap" 7" from the band's clutches and they are available in the distro. This thing has been out for like two years but pretty sure that no one has seen or heard it. (The record sounds killer! Despite the audio on this Bandcamp link)
Thanks for reading. Peace.
* a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole.
Aug 8, 2017
Here’s what’s on the horizon this Fall for WS…
ITANSHA – Paranoia Demo 7” (WS028)
This record has a track that repeats the same “part” about 368 times by my count, has no vocals, and advances on six minutes in length like some kind of fucked up D-beat dub edit that wields confusion as a hammer and tricks you into pounding your fist in the air, in opposing sway to your swelling, banging head. That should be all you needed to hear but just in case... ITANSHA was a one-and-done project envisaged and carried out entirely by Daiki Kusuhara (MORPHEME, VACCUUM, HEAT, CRIME DESIRE, YADOKAI) employing all instruments and vocals. Seven cuts of raw, globe-trotting hardcore punk like a nice middle ground between the cacophonic mania of noisy Japanese hardcore of the ’80s, and the dense, humid desperation of brawny Mexican and South American raw hardcore. Originally released on cassette in 2012 by Life Sucker.
Have a listen here:
...but I only posted it for streaming purposes. If you’d like to purchase a download, do so at the Life Sucker Bandcamp, since they were first.
LION’S SHARE – Self-Titled 7” (WS029)
Warthog Speak’s union with the Eastern provinces of Canada continues… Not unlike our homies in FATIGUE, St. John’s, Newfoundland’s LION'S SHARE bestrides the pickets of Hardcore and Oi! in a lock-step, inimical porridge of chiming, martial hymns of social combat, that are as aggressive as they are catchy and melodic.
You can listen and download it here, via the band:
Purchase the cassette version here.
You should also listen to their incredible first demo while you’re at it:
NARCOLEPTICS - 3rd 7” (WS030)
Who would have ever thought that the NARCS could top their first two EPs, but the wild, violent barrage of this third one buries that thought right quick. The catchy, pounding power of the second salvo, “Answer,” in particular is worth mentioning, but the totality of this 7” is nothing short of sickening, sonic war, and when you’re loaded with one of the most bombastic drummers in the game, the results are primed for mutually assured destruction.
Here’s a sample track:
The first 7" is long gone, but if you have yet to cop the second one, I’m rolling low on that too, so now's your chance: http://warthogspeak.bigcartel.com/product/narcoleptics-second-ep
Followed shortly by:
And someday I will finish my tribute zine to the greatest modern hardcore band to do it. (I still only have just one single, solitary page to finish out of 48)
Mar 30, 2017
This is a really profound and personal moment for me, as a record label, and more importantly as a zit-covered teenage goober from North-Central Massachusetts. Because today I get to announce the release of not one, but two records for the band that played the biggest role in my initial exposure to good hardcore, and basically set in motion a sonic obsession leading to the path that my whole life would follow for the twenty five or so years (and counting) to come. So on that note...
Painkiller and Warthog Speak have teamed up to bring you two EP's worth of the finest hardcore that Massachusetts has had to offer in the past 20 years. Fit For Abuse released just one 12-track EP in 1996, then recorded sporadically between 1998 and 2003, splitting time with a couple of different singers, and yielding a grand total of 4 released tracks. These two records compile 13 unreleased tracks from 1996-1998 that represent all of their unreleased material.
Feb 3, 2017
I will be brief.
Test are in for both FIT FOR ABUSE EPs and the FATIGUE Scab EP. Posted up some FFA teasers, that you've most likely already heard. Boom...
And here's that newest FATIGUE track again:
That's all for now.
Dec 4, 2016
Posted up a track to the upcoming, 3rd FATIGUE 7" on the bandcamp. Have a listen:
Record out late Winter/early 2017 on Warthog Speak.